The Value of School Governance

Governing Bodies make decisions, which are in the best interests of the children. Keeping the decision-making as close as possible to those that are affected by the decisions makes for sound and efficient leadership and governance. Fulfilling the role of a school governor is, both a serious undertaking and enormously rewarding. Not only do governors bring their own knowledge and skills to the role, but, in learning how schools are run, they often develop their understanding of leadership. In addition, contributing to the growth and development of a school and seeing tangible improvements in the attainment and well being of the children is a satisfying and important contribution to the local community.

The Role of the Governing Body

The Governing Body is responsible for the conduct of the school, and must promote high standards of educational achievement. It is the school’s accountable body and as such:

  • Provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework. It appoints and performance manages the Headteacher, agreeing the school improvement strategy which includes setting statutory targets with supporting budgets and staffing structures; 
  • Monitors and evaluates the work of the school by reviewing the performance of the Headteacher, the effectiveness of the policy framework, progress towards targets, and the effectiveness of the school improvement strategy;
  • Plays an important part in the school self-evaluation process and responds to school improvement service and Ofsted reports as necessary. In addition it holds the Headteacher to account for the performance of the school and ensures that parents are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate, with information to the community being made available as required.

 In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how the school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know the school community, for example through a small number of visits to the school during the school day. Governors need to work together as a team, under the leadership of the Chair of the Governing Body.


Our Governing Body meets formally each term.

The Governing Body delegates work to two committees (Pupil Related and Resources) and/or working parties and task groups, which meet between the Governing Body meetings. In addition some governors volunteer to fulfill specific roles, such as being the Special Educational Needs governor, or the Health and Safety governor, or the link governor for a particular year or subject. Most governors arrange a couple of shorter visits to school and classrooms focusing on key priorities so that they can see how the school is addressing issues identified for development. In addition, informal visits to special events such as drama productions and sports day are encouraged.

Nazeing Governing Body

Hannah Stolton  -   Parent & Chair

Ed Borton  -  LA Governor & Chair of  the Resources Committee

Jan Simmons  -  Co-opted, Vice-Chair & Chair of the Pupil Related Committee

Jane Pomfret  -  Headteacher

Sarah Green  -   Staff Governor

Vacancy  -  Co-Opted Governor

Janice Mottram  -  Co-Opted Governor

Emma Hughes - Parent Governor

Frances Adkins  -  Parent Governor

Paula Rossi  -  Parent Governor

Helen Gheorghiu Gould - Co-Opted Governor

Mike Robinson - Co-Opted Governor

                         -  Clerk

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